Time for Batteries
“For many years the bugbear of clock-makers has been the main-spring. Spring tension and driving power are greater when the spring is tight than when it is partly run down; regulation to insure running at a uniform rate is the most difficult part of clock-making. A new clock, now on the market after some six years of development, has done away with the main-spring. The driving force is electric, and comes from a battery guaranteed to run for a year. The reason is mainly that current is used intermittently. At each tick of the clock the circuit is closed, and the current flows for an extremely short interval of time; during by far the larger part of each second no ‘juice’ is used.” July 1922 edition of Scientific American
My father was born in 1922, he was not a particularly practical man and, as far as I can tell, never came to terms with the concept of a battery powered watch. I have concluded that he tried to manually wind his “long service” watch because it never worked, a disappointment for him because I know how much he valued the award.
After his death in October 1995 I kept the watch as a keepsake, recently I asked our local jeweler in Skibbereen if he might be able to help. He arranged for the watch to be cleaned, serviced and generally checked out. They replaced the existing battery and the watch has run without problems since then. He would be so pleased to see it on my wrist.
Out of the mouth #1